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Success of International Paleolimnology Symposium 2012

Lifetime Achievement Award for John Birks

Success of International Paleolimnology Symposium 2012

Members of the UCL Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC) were out in force at the 12th International Paleolimnology Symposium held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow from August 21st to 24th 2012. The meeting was jointly organised by the ECRC and School of Geography, Newcastle University, and was a great success with 330 participants from around 30 countries. The 16 staff and 5 UCL students between them presented ten talks, including a plenary lecture by Professor Rick Battarbee on the pioneering days of palaeolimnology in the UK, three  keynotes (Dr Carl Sayer, Professor Jonathan Holmes and Professor John Birks), and nine posters. A UCL PhD student, Isabel Bishop, was a runner up in the prize for the best student poster.

A highlight of the meeting, in addition to a fun-filled Ceilidh night, was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards, including one, most deservingly, to our very own John Birks (see photo). At the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) Business Meeting, our former PhD student, Dr Ginnie Panizzo (now a post-doc at University of Nottingham) was elected as Young Scientist to the IPA Board.

It was also decided that the next meeting will be held in Lanzhou, China in 2015. For more photos of the event see

For Symposium details, see:



John Birks (far-left) receiving his award from Rick Batterbee and Professor John Smol

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